What’s remarkable about next week’s hip-hop dominated Billboard albums sales chart – at least to those of us who keep an eye on such things – is that somehow, another Now That’s What I Call Music compilation hit stores last week, and failed to open as the chart’s #1. Typically, Now sets almost always enter on top, but that distinction, instead, belongs to Miami rapper Rick Ross (Raaaaaawwwws!), who earns his second-straight #1 debut with his latest, Trilla. The LP sold more than 198,000 copies, according to the latest SoundScan totals, while his 2006 effort Port of Miami sold 187,000 units.
Surprisingly, Ross bested Snoop Dogg, in a battle of hip-hop heavies (literally). Snoop's Ego Trippin’ opens at #3, 137,000 sold; it marks the lowest first-week sales total for any of his previous studio efforts. Sandwiched in between is the 27th installment of the Now series, which shifted 169,000 copies, thanks to the contributions of big name acts like Rihanna, Fergie, Chris Brown, Kanye West, and Paramore.
Meanwhile, Fat Joe’s Elephant in the Room makes its debut at #6, scanning more than 46,000 copies (crazy low!). Only one other new release breached the chart’s top 10 and that album is Hannah Montana’s Best of Both Worlds Concert LP, which bows at #10 with 34,200 sold.
Other notable newcomers include “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson’s Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1, which enters at #50 with nearly 13,000 snatched up, and opening at #59 with 11,400 sold, its Meshuggah’s obZzen. As for the rest of the top 10, Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through the Static finishes at #4 (selling another 55,300 copies) while Alan Jackson’s Good Time follows at #5 (53,000 sold). Sara Bareilles’ Little Voice holds at #7 (with 40,000 scans), and Janet Jackson’s Discipline comes in at #8 (37,500). Last but not least, Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) -- and a Newsroom favorite -- falls three spots to #9, having sold a reported 34,800 units.